4–8 NOVEMBER 2020




Since March 2020 we have been working on adapting the 5th edition of DAMA to a new social and cultural landscape. Having to sacrifice the physical presence of artists did not mean we would replace it with a virtual alternative, since focusing on live interactions and exchanges between the artists, viewers and the history of the city of Turin is our raison d’être.
Rather, in 2020 we decided that DAMA should focus solely on its Live Programme, dedicated to sound, video and performance art. This format, mostly financed by public and private sponsors, would have allowed us to directly support artists, while not forcing our partner galleries to take unnecessary risks. 

Although the last Ministerial Decree has not forbidden the upcoming programme, which was due to inaugurate in the noble halls of
Palazzo Chiablese, we believe that the latest guidelines and the uncertainty surrounding the evolution of the situation in the coming weeks do not allow us to operate with a serene conscience, forcing us to give up the more dynamic part of the program as a sign of our responsibility towards the artists and curators from abroad.
It is therefore with great sadness that we have decided to cancel the 5th edition of DAMA.

This said, we would like to thank our sponsors Fondazione Compagnia di San Paolo and Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT, all of the artists, Nina Emge, Agata Ingarden, Astrit Ismaili and Magdalena Mitterhofer, Beatrice Marchi, Rose and Mathilde, Georgia Sagri, Albert Serra, Martine Syms, Licit/Illicit, Sydney Shen as well as our partners, Palazzo Chiablese and those who have supported us right up to this point.

We look forward to welcoming you again in 2021 with an exciting program that we hope will reflect upon the challeng
es and lessons of 2020.



DAMA is an independent project taking place within historical venues in the center of Turin to involve a group of international galleries carefully invited by the artistic direction. From 2016 DAMA presents brand-new languages by emerging artists taking inspiration from Le città invisibili, a novel by Italo Calvino published in 1972, to offer a certain intimacy by installing a bespoke exhibition where artworks can be presented in a unique way, to provide to the visitors, the participating galleries and the artists a privileged environment dedicated to meaningful dialogue between contemporary art practices and history. 

A parallel program of video and performance took shape every year through the contribution of international curators invited on a rotating basis: Lorenzo Balbi (2016), Joao Laia (2017), Martha Kirszenbaum (2018) and Elise Lammer (2019).

In 2020 DAMA marks the 5th edition of the project with a new curatorial board composed by Elise Lammer and Ludovica Parenti whose mission points to reinforce the position within the international art calendar continuing to develop an alternative format based on solo presentations in addition to existing structures.

After the health emergency the upcoming edition has undergone some adjustments to lead the project in a new cultural landscape more synchronized with the needs dictated by the "new-real", focusing the attention in defense of contemporary culture through the most complex languages ​​of contemporary art: video, sound and performance.

The choice, which before the emergency had been dictated by the need to create more coordination between the hosting venues, has turned into an opportunity to lay the foundations for a long-lasting approach that will bring the public up to 2021 edition.


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